July 2009 - August 2011 Ashland University, Ashland, OH
Pursued a MFA in Poetry through the university's low-residency program. My thesis adviser was Peter Campion, and Ruth Schwartz served on my thesis committee. My thesis is a collection of poetry.
Sept 2005 - May 2007, Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, IN
Graduated upon thesis completion with an MA in Theology, but the degree is academic approach to the interdisciplinary study of religion. Scott Holland was my thesis adviser.
Major academic courses highlights: Films, Novels, & Theology, Modernity, Post-Modernity & Belief, Hebrew, and Religion as a Source of Terror & Transformation
Thesis Title: “Re-Mythologizing as a Tool for Postmodern Christianity.”
Sept 1999 - June 2005, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Graduated summa *** laude with a dual major of English/Religion (BA).
Major academic courses highlights: Creative Writing, Plato Seminar, C.S. Lewis, The Dead Sea Scrolls, Eastern Religions, The Problem of Evil, Shakespeare's Tragedies, and Ancient Mythology.
Completed University Honors designation through course work and special project for each major (poetry collection and research paper). My honors advisers were Gary Pacernick (poetry) and Valerie Stoker (religion).
Sept 2013 – July 2016, Northern Marianas College, Saipan, MP
English Instructor, Language and Humanities
Classes taught: English Language Institute Reading and Writing courses (EN 072, EN 082, EN093, EN094), English Composition (EN 101 and 202), Intro to Literature (EN 150), Introduction to Philosophy (PI 202), and Literature of the Pacific (EN 250, and Intro to Communication (CO 210). These classes involved assessment of teaching methods and the use of online research resources, several courses were online as well. I have taken part in Hiring Committee as well as ad hoc committees. I also advised a weekly creative writer’s club off campus that was open to the whole community. I have been a guest speaker at local high schools to teach workshops on Creative Writing and aid in recruitment efforts.
Sept 2007 – Aug 2013, Clark State Community College, Springfield, OH
Adjunct Instructor, Arts & Sciences
Classes taught: Developmental Writing (CPE 071 & CPE 072), Intro to English (ENG 111), Intro to Poetry (ENG 241). These classes involved assessment of teaching methods and the use of online research resources. Furthermore, I served as a faculty mentor to students in the college’s creative writers’ club for three years. The club published a yearly literary journal called Shards.
Sept 2006 - June 2007, Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, IN
Student Coordinator of Peace Forum
Duties included: planning meals, introducing speakers, moderating discussions, and coordinating volunteers at this weekly forum, which included Earlham College as well as the Bethany community.
Sept 2004 - June 2005, NEXUS, WSU’s Literary Journal, Dayton, OH
Duties included: reading submissions, proofing poems, advertising for the journal, and formatting each issue.
The magazine also started a weekly poetry workshop.
Sept 2001 - Dec 2003, WSU’s University Writing Center, Dayton, OH
Guided students through one-on-one writing sessions to define and address problem areas.
Jan 2003 - April 2004, Brethren Volunteer Service, On Earth Peace, New Windsor, MD
Decade to Overcome Violence Coordinator & Program Assistant to OEP
Duties included: maintaining the denomination’s DOV network (an initiative of the World Council of Churches), attending staff meetings (facilitating when necessary), representing OEP and DOV at various events, working with the Internet, using word processors, preparing bulk mailings, writing articles, facilitating workshops, and editing articles when necessary. I received formal mediation, group facilitation, applied ethics, nonviolence, and anti-racism training.
March 2013 – Sept 2013 The Review Review, online writer's resource edited by Becky Tuch, located at: www.thereviewreview.net
Maintained an online presence through social media, contributed publishing tips, compiled questions for monthly lit mag quizzes, dates of latest workshops and writing retreats, researched possible sponsors as well as the latest books on the craft of writing.
2015 -2016. Member of The International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh).
Completed August 9, 2014. “How Writers Write Poetry: Talk on Craft and Commitment,” an online course offered by The Writing University at the University of Iowa: http://courses.writinguniversity.org
2014 – present. Contributing Editor at Poet’s Quarterly: http://www.poetsquarterly.com/
2013 – present, Member of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts.
A Girl’s a Gun was chosen by Lisa Williams as the winner of the 2017 University Press of Kentucky’s New Poetry and Prose Series and will be published by the same press.
“New Year’s” and “Redbird” were nominated for Best New Poets 2014 by Ashland University.
2014, Cleft was an Honourable Mention for the 2014 Joanna Cargill Coconut Book Prize for a First Book.
2013, Cleft of Sky, was chosen as a Semi-finalist for the Trio Award for the First/Second Book by Trio House Press, judged by Mihaela Moscaliuc.
2013, “Elegy of the Gun,” nominated by The Los Angeles Review for Best New Poets.
2012, Nominated for and completed Clark State's Adjunct Faculty Leadership Institute
2010, Represented Ashland University at Association of Writers & Writing Program (AWP) Conference in Washington, D.C.
2006, Elected to Bethany’s student government and represented the school at the Mennonite Writer’s Conference in Bluffton, OH
2005, Most Outstanding Student in the Department of Religion (WSU)
2005, Short story wins second runner up and a cash prize from WSU’s annual contest.
2004-2005, The National Dean’s List
Dean’s List (every quarter at WSU)
WSU Honor’s Program
Golden Key National Honor Society
A Girl’s a Gun will be published as part of the University Press of Kentucky’s New Poetry and Prose Series in November 2017.
“Elegy of the Gun V.” will be on display in the Poetry Leaves Exhibition May 2-31, sponsored by 2017 and in the Poetry Leaves bound volume, sponsored by Waterford Township Public Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“Harlan County,” was published in April 2017 edition of Front Porch Journal, literary journal of Texas State University's MFA Program.
The article, “ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME – INDUCT THESE WOMEN: CARLY SIMON,” was a part of the Induct These Women Series, published on January 16, 2017 on Inspirer, a Los Angeles based print and digital publication. http://inspirer.life/home/2017/01/rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induct-these-women-carly-simon/
The article, “ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME – INDUCT THESE WOMEN: PAT BENATAR,” was a part of the Induct These Women Series, published on January 9, 2017 on Inspirer, a Los Angeles based print and digital publication. http://inspirer.life/home/2017/01/rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induct-these-women-pat-benatar/
The thought piece, “Some Myths Must Break,” was published on January 4, 2017 on Inspirer, a Los Angeles based print and digital publication. http://inspirer.life/home/2017/01/some-myths-must-break/
The essay, “Innovation,” was published in the Spring 2015 Issue of Poet’s Quarterly. http://www.poetsquarterly.com/2015/04/innovation.html
The poem, “Fragments of Joan XVI, ” was published in Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed a media event from Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies at Clemson University, Summer of 2014.
The essay, “For People,” was published in the Summer 2014 Issue of Poet’s Quarterly. http://www.poetsquarterly.com/2014/07/for-people.html
March 21, 2014.“Why I Wasn’t Supposed to be Born,” a poem published in Revolver, a literary arts organization based in Lowertown, St. Paul. http://www.around-around.com/author/rachel-peterson/
2014. “Redbird” was published first in The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, edited by Tanya Chekhov and released in March 2014. https://soundcloud.com/foreword-literary/rachel-peterson-red-bird-the
2013. “Fragments of Joan XI.” a poem published in Her Royal Majesty, a Paris-based literary arts magazine, “Luck” Issue 13, Summer 2013.
2013, The Review Review, a review magazine based out of Pittsburgh, publishing tips: “Viva Vida! Lit Mags That Challenge Sexism,” “Ranking Lit Mags, Ranking Writing,” “Out of Africa: Lit Mags Related to Africa and Diaspora,” and “Mighty Thunder from Down Under: Australian Lit Mags and Literary Resources.” http://www.thereviewreview.net/
2013, “Elegy of the Gun,” a poem published in The Los Angeles Review, a semi-annual literary journal based in Los Angeles, March 2013.
2013, “On the Burning of a Statue of Jesus,” a poem published in Midwestern Gothic,is a quarterly print literary journal out of Ann Arbor, Michigan in Issue 8 and included an online interview: http://midwestgothic.com/2013/02/contributor-spotlight-rachel-danielle-peterson
2012, “Harlan County,” a poem published in Arsenic Lobster, a Chicago based literary journal, Issue Thirty, Winter 2012.
2011,"Ink," Literary Imagination, Vol. 13.3 (2011). Published by Oxford University Press, based in London, UK.
2011, MFA Thesis: Burn, a collection of poetry.
2007, Master's Thesis: "Re-Mythologizing: A Tool for Post Modern Theology."
2014, Association of Writers & Writing Program (AWP) Conference, Seattle, WA.
2012, Association of Writers & Writing Program (AWP) Conference, Chicago, IL.
2007, Cross-Cultural Trip to Kenya, arranged by Bethany Seminary.
2006, Attendance at the Shakespearean Festival in Stratford (Canada).
2004, Represented OEP at the UN-sponsored Conference on Women and Religion, New York, NY.
2004, Christian Peacemaking Team (CPT) Delegation to Israel/Palestine.
2002, Studied for a semester abroad in Heidelberg, Germany.
2002, Taizé International Gathering in Budapest, Hungary, arranged by Earlham College.
2001, Young Adult Workcamp to the Taizé monastic community in France.